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International Open Access Week 2018 (22nd October -28th October)

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Open Access Week is an annual event focusing on advancing the foundations of open knowledge. It is an opportunity for academics and the research community to learn more about open access and to engage in ongoing conversations that help inspire and advance open access to research.

The theme for this year’s Open Access Week Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge‘ reflects the need to make research more inclusive, equitable and accessible to the global community. It calls for us to engage in conversations about providing free access to high quality research output, and enabling re-use of research data, analysis and findings. In doing so, addressing the barriers that exist in moving towards openly accessible academic output.

So join the community in celebrating this year’s Open Access Week to learn more about open access and the challenges faced by academics and researchers.

Curtin Library will be hosting the following events and we invite you to join us on the day.

Screening of the documentary ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

A documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers. It also examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Please feel free to BYO lunch.

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 12:30pm-2pm

Venue: 401.001 Hollis Lecture Theatre

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Beware the Publishing Trap!

Want to learn more about open access, publishing, copyright, and the evolving scholarly communications environment but don’t want to sit in another presentation? Come along and play “The Publishing Trap” board game with fellow researchers. Each character in the game need to balance the relationship between knowledge, impact, and money. It’s a fun way to learn how the choices you make throughout your academic journey might impact on your academic success.

Bring your friends or form teams on the spot. We hope to see you at one or both of the sessions!

Tuesday 23 October 1pm – 3pm Library Makerspace

Thursday 25 October 10am – 12pm Library Makerspace

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Curtin Conversations: Measuring Engagement – making (social) media work for you

By Curtin Library 22 October 2018 News & events No Comments »

Join the Library for a conversation about how researchers can measuring engagement beyond academia.

This year, as part of the 2018 ERA round, Australian universities were asked to show how they are translating their research into economic, social, environmental and other impacts. Researchers are increasingly required to provide evidence of their engagement beyond academia as part of applications for jobs, promotions and funding grants. How do you measure engagement?

Join the Library and our panel of expert engagers – Nikos Ntoumanis, Gretchen Benedix, Tama Leaver, and Katharina Wolf – as we discuss the art of engagement and how to measure your engagement beyond academia using tools such as Altmetric Explorer. Curtin Media Relations and the Research Office will also provide an insight into how their services can increase the visibility of your research.

Morning tea will be provided after the discussion to allow time for networking with fellow attendees and the panelists.

Event Details

Date Thursday 8 November, 2018
Time 10am to 11.30am
Venue Council Chambers, Level 3
Building 100, Curtin University
Kent St Bentley WA 6102
RSVP Thursday, 1 November 2018

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Unable to attend? This event it will be streamed live and made available after as an iLecture.

 

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Your chance to win: Connect your ORCID through Elements

By Curtin Library 22 October 2018 News & events No Comments »

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Create or connect your ORCID through Elements now for a chance to win a coffee voucher, an ORCID ceramic mug, sticker, and badges! Five winners will be drawn randomly every Tuesday between 22 October and 23 November 2018 from a list of ORCIDs connected in Elements.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier for researchers that links together your outputs and activities.

ORCID is now integrated with Curtin’s Publications Management System, Elements, enabling quicker and more accurate claiming of publications. Staff are strongly encouraged to connect their ORCID record through Elements, which takes less than 30 seconds.

Your ORCID:

  • Is required by publishers for journal submissions and funders for grant applications
  • Distinguishes you and your research outputs from other researchers
  • Improves recognition and discoverability of you and your research output
  • Can be used throughout your whole research career
  • Can make it easier to generate publication lists and citation reports

Australian Research Council (ARC) grant recipients will be able to auto-populate their research output data into their Research Management System person profiles and application forms from November 2018.

Keep your ORCID record up to date to reap maximum benefits and save precious time. Visit our help guide or contact LibraryHelp@curtin.edu.au for assistance.

Competition terms and conditions apply.

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Suggestion: Smoking

By Curtin Library 17 October 2018 News & events 9 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi, I’m a frequent user of the library and am often on campus in the early hours of the night. I find it frustrating how frequently I walk outside to head back to my car and get a face full of smoke as I walk around the corner. Could more be done to deter people from smoking near the north-east corner of the library? Maybe install a flood light, or stop them from accessing the library if they’re repeat offenders? Curtin is a smoke-free area. Plus, the butts are left there lying around, which not only looks disgusting but is bad for the environment.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback, we’ll pass this onto Properties and Safer Communities.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Temperature in the Library

By Curtin Library 16 October 2018 News & events 4 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Is it possible to change the temperature on Level 6? When sititng at the desks opposite the stairwell and elevators on lvl 6 it is unbearably cold. It is extremely difficult to study in these conditions, especilally heading into summer as we are not routinely brining jackets to uni.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. The temperature of the air conditioning is centrally set at the University and not individually controlled by the Library. I will make sure to pass on your comments to the University Properties area responsible for the air conditioning to investigate.

Adele MacDonald
Coordinator, Client Engagement
Curtin University Library

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Major Library Help Point Works

By Curtin Library 11 October 2018 Facilities No Comments »

From Saturday the 13 October until Monday 15 October the main desk at the Library Help Point on level 2 will be undergoing major works.

Staff will still be available to assist you at other areas of the Help Point.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Suggestion: Finding Items

By Curtin Library 11 October 2018 News & events 2 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Could you please put the aisle that print books are located in as this would make finding them much quicker

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. We do try to make sure that the call number ranges on the ends of the book stacks are as accurate as possible, but because the collection grows and shrinks in different places, individual items do not always stay in the same aisle. If you are having difficulty finding what you are looking for please ask one of the Library Student Assistants or at the Library Help Desk on Level 2 of the Robertson Library.

David Wells
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Disposal of unwanted items

By Curtin Library 11 October 2018 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi Roberston Library,

I understand it has been very difficult to have charities accept your discarded books on the free-books shelf. However, after an engineering friend never picked up some I saved for them, I posted them on Gumtree for free. Within seconds, I got a reply for the lot of them; and minutes later, another reply for the same. May I suggest posting them on Gumtree in the future, rather than sending them to be recycled, if you haven’t already tried that?

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. We considered a number of options for the disposal of unwanted items from the Library and have found that the current method is the most effective way of making large numbers of items available to people who are able to benefit from them. We have found that in the end only a quite small number of items need to be recycled.

David Wells
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Printing

By Curtin Library 11 October 2018 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi, Every time I try to print at Uni it takes ages for the file to load, usually it times out. There needs to be an easier way to print multiple files without it taking hours. There also needs to be more printers set up around the uni. Also student hubs for quiet studying around the uni, with printers and white boards would be a lot easier than having to find a spot inside the library would be beneficial.
thank you!

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback. The Library doesn’t have direct control over the computing and printing facilities, but if this is a recurring problem then I’d suggest making contact with the IT support service that is available in either the Library (next to the Library Help point in the main level), one of the Abacus labs (like in building 303) or the IT Help Desk in building 200B, opposite the Aroma café. They should be able to assist you with the printing issue.

In regards to other areas across Curtin, this is probably a good thing to raise via the Student Guild.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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The latest from the Makerspace

By Curtin Library 8 October 2018 News & events No Comments »

It has been exciting to see the Curtin Library Makerspace thrive in its quest to provide a creative and supportive learning environment in the Library where members of the Curtin community access materials, tools and equipment to make things, both digital and physical.

Since moving into its location on level 5 of the Robertson Library in mid-2017, there has been a significant increase in awareness and use of the space. In just the first 9 weeks of Semester 2, the Makerspace has attracted upwards of 1600 visitors and facilitated over sixty events!

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Many students are enjoying the Makerspace as a relaxing place to work on assessments or to explore their own interests. The space is also proving popular with teaching academics as a venue to run workshops involving hands-on, real-world, problem-solving making activities that develop their student’s creative and critical thinking skills. Other co-curricular events supplement this learning, such as the recent Creative Jam: digital innovation hackathon student competition that we ran in collaboration with the School of Design & Built Environment, resulted in the development of 6 interactive media prototypes from participating teams.

Makerspace

Library staff have facilitated a number of creative workshops in the space, and we have also had the privilege of benefitting from the expertise of others, such as a Linked Open Data workshop led by Prof. Tim Sherratt and a ceramics workshop taught by artist and Curtin phD student Graham Hay.

The space has also been well used for regular events such as CIC’s Hacky Hour, student groups such Curtin Bloom, and sessions with school groups through Curtin programs such as AHEAD in School. Community and education groups often drop by the Makerspace to find out more about our work.

A rewarding aspect of the Makerspace has been seeing the fruits of our efforts to encourage an experimental, explorative and a playful approach to learning. By emphasising the importance of sharing experience and knowledge and learning from one another, the Curtin Library Makerspace is successfully building a vibrant maker community with the ability to make a real difference to the learning experience.

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